For my amazing husband’s 29th birthday I decided to surprise him with a trip to Vegas. It took 2 months to plan and it was one of the hardest secrets in my entire life to keep. I had his family take him out for his family birthday dinner and after when we got to the car I broke the news to him that we were actually going to the airport. His response… well I guess you will just have to watch the video at the bottom.
We boarded at 11pm and arrived in Vegas at 12:15am. I booked us a room at the Flamingo Hotel. This is the same hotel that we went to for our honeymoon in 2017. We absolutely fell in love with the location, retro vibe, and some of the best black jack and craps tables. Upon arrival we were upgraded to a newly renovated suite that overlooked the strip.
The next morning when we were on our way to breakfast where we usually get a day pass to eat unlimited meals at 8 different Vegas buffets, we were stopped for a promotional deal where they would give us tickets to any show if we sat through an “info” meeting about timeshares. I really didn’t want to do it but free tickets were on the line, so we went for it. Never again. We got a free breakfast, $75 dinner voucher, and $100 in cash to tell this incredibly pushy salesman that we weren’t going to buy a time share. In my mind it so was not worth it.
The rest of the day we spent window shopping at the forum at Caesars Palace and let me just tell you, that place is so dangerously amazing. I could spend all day there. For dinner we went to a steak restaurant that was located in our hotel. I seriously can not brag on the Flamingo Hotel enough. If we wanted to we could literally never leave since it has everything you would every want. We learned how to play craps and had a blast at a table with many other Texans.
Before we knew it, the next day we were on our way back home with a little extra change in our pockets and full excitement to be moving into our new home.
We got all moved in and have been loving our new little place, city, friends, and taking a leap of faith. A lot of change has occurred within these last few weeks but we are enjoying it all. I haven’t felt this sure about where I am supposed to be in life since I married my incredible husband. God has been so faithful and loved us through it all. We know that we are here for a purpose.
We are nearing the end of the year and at this point I don’t even remember what my 2018 new years resolution was. (definitely not getting fit, that’s for sure). Although I don’t remember what my new years resolution was, I do know what God said He had for me this year.
At the beginning of each year I ask the Lord for a word. One simple word or small phrase that He wants me to work on and this year I was blessed with “comfort zones”. Ouch. I felt like The Lord was telling me that He was getting ready to take me into new places with new trials but also new blessings.
I honestly had no idea what that meant and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a little scared. Looking back at this year I have seen how this word has come in full swing. Like Miley on the wrecking ball kind of swing. A new job, new friends, new challenges, new ways to share my faith, new financial responsibilities, and falling in love with a new city are just scratching the surface of how my comfort zone has been stretched.
However, In this last month of the year I found The Lord telling me that this year isn’t over. He is saying that He has more. More for me, for the people around me, the church, the lost to be loved and found, the broken to be healed and restored, and the ones seeking and asking for His work in their lives to be answered.
Some of you have had a pretty rough year. I know, because I have seen the posts on social media. Some of you have lost loved ones, jobs, your significant others, and even been hurt by the people that were supposed to love you most. There is a lot of hurt in the world but there is also the greatest of hope in Jesus. He is our provider, healer, and friend. He is lifts our head and spirit. He loves unconditionally. He brings us joy and laughter. But most of all, He is our savior. God can do more with our lives in the last month than we have done all year.
Be encouraged. This isn’t the end of the year where we close a chapter of our lives. He isn’t done with 2018 yet. This is the time of the year where we set the tone for what is to come in 2019. Don’t let what happened in the last 11 months be the thing that holds you back from the blessings God has for you in month 12.
Finding an emotional balance at work can be really hard. I have been on both ends of the spectrum (super emotional and extremely unattached). Of course we know that work shouldn’t be a place for “boo hoo” crying or letting our frustrations get the best of us, but we are human and many of us spend more time at work than we do at home. So, how do we assess our emotions and handle them in a healthy way so that we can stay professional and avoid a total break down? Continue reading “Dealing With Emotions at Work”